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Join the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center on Thursday, April 8 at 9:00 AM US EST / 6:30 PM IST for a conversation with author N.S. Vinodh and Atlantic Council Distinguished Fellow Shuja Nawaz on Vinodh’s book, A Forgotten Ambassador in Cairo: The Life and Times of Syud Hossain. The book presents an illuminating narrative of Syud Hossain’s life, interspersed with telling commentary on the twists and turns of the freedom movement in India and the plight of early Indian immigrants in Canada and America. For a man who used both the lectern and the pen to devastating effect in the cause of the Indian Independence movement led by the likes of Gandhi and Nehru, very little is known of Syud Hossain.

Born to an aristocratic family in Calcutta, he entered journalism early in life and became the editor of Motilal Nehru’s nationalist newspaper, The Independent. After a brief elopement with Motilal’s daughter, Hossain annulled the marriage and stayed away from the country. Thus began several years of exile. Hossain eventually returned to India to witness the triumph of independence as well as the tragedy of Gandhi’s assassination. Thereafter, when appointed India’s first ambassador to Egypt, he died while in service and was laid to rest in Cairo. Participating in this book talk will be eminent Indian scholars, diplomats, and bureaucrats, including Wajahat Habibullah, Saleem Kidwai, and Ambassador TCA Raghavan.

We invite you to join the discussion on Thursday, April 8 at 9:00 AM US EST / 6:30 PM IST via Zoom. Please register below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the event.

A recap of this event can be found here.


N.S. Vinodh
A Forgotten Ambassador in Cairo: The Life and Times of Syud Hossain

Wajahat Habibullah
Former Chairperson
Indian National Commission for Minorities

Saleem Kidwai
Historian and Independent Scholar

Ambassador TCA Raghavan
Former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan and Singapore

Dr. Aparna Pande
Director, Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia
Hudson Institute

Moderated by

Shuja Nawaz
Distinguished Fellow
Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center

The South Asia Center serves as the Atlantic Council’s focal point for work on the region as well as relations between these countries, neighboring regions, Europe, and the United States.